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Health Care Providers Sue State of California Over Cuts in Medi-Cal Payments
Date:5/5/2008

ed solely on an across-the-board slashing of the state's budget.

When it comes to Medi-Cal payments to physicians and other individual health care providers, the lawsuit charges that "state law requires that Medi-Cal fee-for-service rates be adopted pursuant to the regulatory process and requires the Department (Department of Health Care Services) to annually review Medi-Cal rates for physician and dental services, taking into account Consumer Price Index cost increases, reimbursement levels under Medicare and other third-party payors, prevailing customary charges and other factors." As with the cuts imposed upon hospitals, the lawsuit points out that no such regulatory process occurred before the rate reductions for physicians and other providers were approved.

The Providers intend to seek an injunction to stop the cuts from going into affect before July 1. We anticipate a court hearing on the request for an injunction within the next thirty to forty-five days.

CONTACTS:

Ned Wigglesworth

California Medical Association

(916) 551-2873

nwigglesworth@cmanet.org

Regina Collins

California Dental Association

(916) 554-5317

Regina.collins@cda.org

Elena Lopez-Gusman

American College of Emergency Physicians,

State Chapter of California

(916) 325-5455

Elopez-gusman@calacep.org

Amy Weitz

California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems

(510) 874-7113

aweitz@caph.org

Jan Emerson

California Hospital Association

(916) 552-7516

jemerson@calhospital.org

Lydia Missaelides

CA Assoc. for Adult Day Services

(916) 552-7400


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